Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 13th, 2023 4:00PM

The alpine rating is moderate, the treeline rating is moderate, and the below treeline rating is below threshold. Known problems include Wind Slabs and Persistent Slabs.

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Lingering wind slabs may remain reactive to human triggers at higher elevations.

Watch for reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind-affected terrain.




Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches reported in the past week. We suspect that there was a natural cycle from this past weekend's storm. Observations are limited at this time of year, please consider sharing any information or photos you have on the Mountain Information Network to help guide our forecasts.

Snowpack Summary

35-45 cm of recent snow has likely seen some redistribution by southerly winds, forming deep deposits in leeward terrain features. The new snow sits over previously wind-affected snow on north and east-facing slopes and a crust on windward south-facing slopes.

A weak layer of surface hoar/crust/facets buried in early January is now buried well over 1 m deep. This layer has produced recent avalanche activity in the White Pass region and remains a concern in terrain where the snowpack is thin. The lower snowpack consists of basal facets, particularly in shallow areas.

Weather Summary

Thursday Night

Mostly cloudy; trace / 15 km/h south ridgetop wind / Temperature at treeline around -7 C


Mix of sun and cloud; 2 cm / 20 km/h east ridgetop wind / Temperature at treeline around -5 C


Cloudy with flurries; 3-10 cm / 30 km/h southeast ridgetop wind / Temperature at treeline around -4C


Sunny / 10-20 km/h southeast wind / Temperature at treeline around -5 C

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
  • Avoid steep, rocky, and wind effected areas where triggering slabs is more likely.
  • Use caution on large alpine slopes, especially around thin areas that may propagate to deeper instabilities.
  • Cornice failure may trigger large avalanches.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

Wind slabs may remain reactive to human triggers on lee aspects at treeline and above.

Aspects: North, North East, East, West, North West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Persistent Slabs

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A layer of facets sitting on a crust buried in January has recently been reactive in the White Pass area. Triggering is most likely in areas where the snowpack is thin and weak, or with a heavy load like a cornice fall or the weight of a smaller avalanche in motion triggering this deeper layer.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

2 - 3

Valid until: Apr 14th, 2023 4:00PM